After the title deciding hat-trick from our very own Robin van Persie, many fans turned to twitter to congratulate the man of the hour. Compliments and words of gratitude bombarded the Twitter handle @RVP as soon as Manchester United beat Aston Villa. Problem? This was not the RvP we all know.
Indian IT consultant Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad was on the receiving end of the millions of messages. He is, however, the RVP of the IT world.
“@rvp You really made the difference for us this season, well done,” was among the tweets that filled his mentions on Monday night.
“Great scenes as @RVP celebrates winning his first title at United… Well done mate” and “@rvp hey Robin, that was a fantastic hat trick… can you send me a shirt please?”
The 52 year old Delhi based IT professional tried his best to let the world know that he was not Robin Van Persie, however the message was not sent properly across the millions of euphoric Manchester United fans.
“@RVP is the account of Ravi Visvesvaraya Prasad, a telecom & infotech consultant in India. @RVP is NOT the account of Robin Van Persie,” he tweeted. As fans became aware of the misunderstanding, many saw the funny side of it, tweeting spoof tweets afterwards.
“Congratulations to @RVP you fully deserved it. Incredible since you are a part time footballer and info tech consultant. #CHAMPIONS2013.”
“He consults when he wants, He consults when he wants, Ravi Visvesvara Prasad, he consults when he wants!!!”
Prasad was later interviewed by BBC about the misunderstanding and here is what he had to say about the countless hours he spent blocking irrelevant and unwanted followers.
“I’m a fan of Robin van Persie, so I understand people wanting to congratulate him, and most of the messages or mentions are nice,” he told BBC.
“But it’s a real nuisance for me. I keep having to tell everyone I’m not Robin van Persie and blocking unwanted followers.
“I sent lots of people messages explaining who I was. My email account is clogged too — I think people have been trying to hack into my Twitter account as I keep getting messages referring to a forgotten password.”
Prasad then posted an update about the interview: “Was interviewed on BBC TV on the @RVP mixup. Fortunately I did not run into the TV camera and injure my hip.”